Disc Problems

Bulging Discs
Herniated Discs
Treatment

Bulging Discs

In order to fully understand how disc bulging can come about and what is needed to fix this painful condition, it's important to first identify what a healthy disc is like. The bones of the spine are called vertebrae, and each vertebrae is separated by tough cartilage pads called intervertebral discs" or spinal discs. Healthy discs are like wet sponges" they are thick and flexible, which allows for a wide range of bending and twisting motions in the spine. The thickness of the disc also allows for the flow of oxygen and nutrients. In contrast, an unhealthy disc resembles a dry sponge it is stiff and hard, making it more prone to injuries such as bulging or herniation. Over time, the discs in the spine can become compressed preventing much-needed oxygen and nutrients from entering the disc. The tough outer fibers of the spinal discs weaken and the jelly center of the disc starts to bulge outward.
A Disc Bulge in the low back can cause low back pain or numbness, tingling, burning, sharp pain or weakness in the legs or feet. A Disc Bulge in the neck can cause neck pain, or in more severe cases, numbness, tingling, burning, sharp pain or weakness in the arms or hands. A Disc Bulge is generally considered the first step toward a more serious problem called a Herniated Disc.

Herniated Discs

A herniated disc is similar to a disc bulge except that the outer layers of the disc actually weaken to the point of tearing. Disc bulging can also lead to a herniated disc when significant damage to occurs to the disc. The jelly center of the disc can also dry out over time which is referred to as Degenerative Disc Disease. All forms of disc injury can eventually impinge on the nerves exiting the spine ("Pinched Nerve") and create the symptoms of numbness, tingling, burning or sharp pain down the arms or legs. Sharp pain originating from the back and "shooting" down the legs is often referred to as Sciatica.

Treatment for Disc Bulging and Herniated Discs

What makes New Century Spine Centers so unique is that even in the worst cases of disc bulging or herniation, patients have been able to obtain great relief without drugs or surgery by the advanced state of the art technology offered, such as the ABS Spinal Decompression System. New Century Spine Centers was the first to offer ABS Spinal Decompression treatment in San Diego and was featured on the San Diego local Channel 10 News for offering patients an FDA-approved, painless treatment alternative to drugs and surgery with anover 85% success rate in relieving the patient's clinical condition. Finally, patients can relax and view a movie on our flat screen ceiling mount TV while they receive corrective treatment for disc bulging or herniation, without invasive treatment, without pain.
The doctors at New Century Spine Centers has successfully treated thousands of individuals suffering from various degrees of disc problems and will take the necessary course of action for effective treatment. To make an appointment with The doctors at New Century Spine Centers, please call our office at: 619-630-9153.